i’ve just met an inspirational fella – his name is Matt and he runs a tee-shirt business. I had my first proper conversation with Matt at a business network meeting in Bude, where I live, but I have been aware of Matt’s existence for longer that that, mainly, from admiring his strength in propelling himself up Bude’s steep hills, in order to get work on the tills at Sainsbury. In case you hadn’t guessed, Matt primarily uses a wheelchair to get about. Big arms on the lad, I can tell you that.
Matt is an interesting chap – he’s had a variety of jobs, and his experience of being disabled in employment would no doubt open your eyes. In a story that’s all too familiar, Matt has decided to move on from redundancy and become his own boss: Matt runs devilishlydisabled.co.uk, a business that challenges able-bodied pre-conceptions and barriers to communication, initially through the sale of humourous tee-shirts . Guess what? Its already working! As result of meeting Matt and some ideas he’s had for some mutual co-promotion of our businesses, I am already seeing the world differently. Thanks to Matt, I see some very interesting times ahead of us that could help a lot of people, and that’s tremendously exciting for both of us. Watch this space.
If you would like to support Matt, his venture and his ethos, please do visit Matt’s site, read his blog, buy and wear a tee-shirt, and help the able-bodied-but-hard-of-thinking to overcome their own fears of talking to someone in a chair. If you need to, you can use his tee-shirts as an ice-breaker…but that means you should buy one, shouldn’t you?